National Indian Law Library Bulletin (6/23/2021)


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U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin
One petition for certiorari was denied on 6/21/21:

  • Club One Casino v. Haaland (Jurisdiction)

Federal Courts Bulletin

  • Big Sandy Rancheria Enterprises v. Bonta (Sovereign Immunity; Indian Taxation)
  • Backcountry Against Dumps v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Trust Relationship; Cultural Resources)

State Courts Bulletin

  • In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: B.M.S., T.J.R.T., and D.A.M. (Indian Child Welfare Act; Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act)

Tribal Courts Bulletin

  • Mayes v. Cherokee Nation Election Commission (Tribal Elections)
  • Morales v. Fort Peck Tribes (Tribal Law)

U.S. Legislation – 117th Congress Bulletin

  • S.2071 – A bill to provide grants to States, territories, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and eligible Tribal entities to promote access to affordable, high-speed broadband and digital equity.
  • S.2092 – A bill to permanently authorize the Native Community Development Financial Institutions lending program of the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.
  • S.2167/H.R.4052 – A bill to establish a national, research-based, and comprehensive home study assessment process for the evaluation of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents and provide funding to States and Indian tribes to adopt such process.
  • S.2177 – A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure sufficient bonding and complete and timely reclamation of land and water disturbed by Federal and Indian oil and gas production, and for other purposes.
  • H.R.4054 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat Indian tribal governments in the same manner as State governments for certain Federal tax purposes, and for other purposes.

Law Review & Bar Journal Bulletin (contact us if you need help finding a copy of an article)

  • The sky will not fall in Oklahoma.
  • A coherent ethic of lawyering in post-McGirt Oklahoma.
  • Renewable energy depends on tribal sovereignty.
  • White tape and Indian wards: Removing the federal bureaucracy to empower tribal economies and self-government.
  • Hawai’i ’78: Collective memory and the untold legal history of the reparative action for Kānaka Maoli.

News Bulletin
This week, in brief:

  • Secretary Haaland announces federal Indian boarding school initiative
  • Yakama Nation celebrates ‘resounding victory’ for treaty lands
  • Navajo Nation disappointed in lack of Native Americans selected for New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee
  • Pueblo of Acoma signs 15-year agreement with Colorado energy company, makes plans to maintain its own utility
  • ‘We’re just somebody little’: Amid plans to mine lithium deposit, Indigenous, rural communities find themselves at the center of the energy transition
  • South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition celebrates upward trend in Native American homeownership during National Homeownership Month
  • ‘Bring us your dreams.’ This Native-led fund aims to ‘decolonize philanthropy’ in the Northwest
  • There are many unmarked graves of Indigenous kids at US boarding schools too
  • Decolonize climate adaptation research
  • Indigenous women invite Deb Haaland to see devastation of Line 3 for herself
  • Juneteenth from a Black Indigenous perspective